What's in a good lunch?
1) A MacroMix: Main meals need all 3 macronutrient for best staying power.
- Protein: chicken, tuna, peanut butter, nuts, beans, beef, cheese, eggs, ham, etc.
- Fat, the heart healthy kind---just a little bit. Olives, avocado, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, other nut butters, oils such as olive or canola, etc.
- Carbohydrates. Use whole grain breads, pita, sandwich thins, tortillas and cereals, fruits, and veggies instead of candy and things made with white flour.
2) Color. Go for colorful fruits and veggies to liven things up both visually and nutritionally.
3) Texture. Using a variety of textures makes a much more satisfying meal. Be sure to mix up the creamy and crunchy.
4) Fun. Use fun lunch boxes, containers, baggies, or anything that looks appealing.
5) Variety. Same thing every day, week after week, is going to quickly lose it's appeal. Changing what pack from day to day simply makes lunch more interesting.
6) Treat? If you just have to have something sweet to end your meal, try a little 100 calorie pack, a Tootsie Roll Pop, or 2 or 3 chocolate kisses. Keep it small and use portion control.
One of my favorite lunches: a whole grain tortilla spread with light garden vegetable cream cheese, loaded with chopped lettuce, cucumber, red ripe tomatoes, black olives, and chicken or whatever is left over that day. Into my blue lunch bag it goes along with my flower shaped freezer pack. Add a honey crisp apple (SO good right now, ) creamy fat free yogurt, and 2 dark Hershey kisses to end the meal. And when it's lunch time? Ahhh....just perfect.
Tomorrow we'll take a look at more lunch ideas...
Do you have a favorite packable lunch?